• Danielle Drees

    Teaching Scholar 2019-2020
    Office Hours:
    Wednesdays, 2.00 - 4.00 pm (Fall 2019)

    Areas of Interest :
    early modern and modern drama; contemporary theatre and performance art; political economy; feminist theory; performance studies; theatrical production

    Danielle is a PhD candidate in Theatre, focusing on class and gender in modern drama. Her dissertation Staging Sleep: Sleep and Social Reproduction in Contemporary Performance examines theatre and performance art about sleep from a Marxist feminist perspective, arguing that sleep onstage turns our attention toward social relationships of dependence and care, including motherhood, queer friendship, and alternative forms of community. This project dives into the work of some of Danielle's favorite authors and artists, including niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa, Caryl Churchill, Maria Irene Fornes, Regina José Galindo, Sarah Kane, Peggy Shaw, William Shakespeare, Sakiko Yamaoka, Kneehigh Theatre, Punchdrunk, and the South Sudan Theatre Company. Along with her dissertation, Danielle has written about theatre for Performance Research and Theatre Journal and conducted research in China, Hong Kong, London, and Padua.

    Before moving to New York, Danielle studied English literature in the US and UK and held a year-long Writing Fellowship at New York University Abu Dhabi. Danielle came to Columbia for its traditions of feminist scholarship and student activism; to that end, she has earned a certificate in Feminist Scholarship from IRWGS and organized a graduate worker union with GWC-UAW 2110. She has taught sections of University Writing and Literary Texts and Critical Methods and worked as a TA for American Drama, Theatre Traditions in a Global Context, and the Columbia in London Program. If you want to see theatre in New York, Danielle recommends Soho Rep and New Georges.